Solar Impulse flight across the US in pictures

Summary

The Swiss-made plane, powered only by the sun, is the first to make the trip both day and night without using conventional fuel. It started the journey on May 3 in California and ended on July 6 in New York. The next step is a trip around the world in 2015.

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See the photo coverage of the experimental airplane Solar Impulse first flight across the United States:

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- The Solar Impulse flies from San Francisco Bay to Phoenix in on May 3. (Fred Merz/Solar Impulse via Reuters) -

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- Solar Impulse, piloted by Andre´ Borschberg, takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission, at dawn, May 22 from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The solar powered aircraft is scheduled to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on May 23. (Matt York/Associated Press) -

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- Co-pilot Andre´ Borschberg watches as Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA prototype, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, lands at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va. on June 16. (Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse via Reuters) -

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- The Solar Impulse prepares for take-off for its final leg of its flight across the USA from Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va, on July 6. The plane which is capable of flying day and night without fuel, powered only by solar energy, was headed to New York on the final leg of its journey across America that started May 3 in San Francisco.(Neils Ackerman/Solar Impulse via EPA) -

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– The Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane with Andre´ Borschberg onboard approaches JFK airport on late July 6 in New York. The experimental Solar Impulse plane, powered by the sun, completed a transcontinental trip across the United States late Saturday, touching down in New York despite a rip in the fabric of one wing.(Jean Revllard/Solar Imulse via AFP/Getty Images) -

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- Solar Impulse Chairman and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg wave after Solar Impulse HB-SIA planes lands in JFK airport on late July 6 in New York. The experimental Solar Impulse plane, powered by the sun, completed a transcontinental trip across the United States, touching down in New York despite a rip in the fabric of one wing. (Fred Merz/ Solar Impulse via AFP/Getty Images ) -

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Cover photo from:  © Solar Impulse/Associated Press